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The Seven Biggest Driving Mistakes

drivingmistakes.jpgMost parents think it will never happen to them, yet thousands of car accidents occur each year. According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHSTA), 8,000 U.S. children die in auto-related accidents yearly. To decrease the odds of your own children becoming future car-wreck casualties, we've listed the top seven behaviors you should avoid at all costs when you're behind the wheel.

drivingmistakes.jpgBy Kristin Bailey Murphy

Most parents think it will never happen to them, yet thousands of car accidents occur each year. According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHSTA), 8,000 U.S. children die in auto-related accidents yearly -- which means over 20 kids die on American roads every single day. To decrease the odds of your own children becoming future car-wreck casualties, we've listed the top seven behaviors you should avoid at all costs when you're behind the wheel.

1. Allowing Your Child to Ride Unrestrained Although all 50 states have strict child safety-seat laws, this doesn't mean everyone is buckling up their kids. "You'd be surprised how many parents drive around without their kids strapped in," says Eric Bolton, a spokesman for the NHSTA. But even if you do restrain your children in your cars, a recent study conducted by the NHSTA found that 80 percent of parents do so incorrectly. Studies show that four out of five parents unintentionally make mistakes with car seats that could result in their child being injured or killed in an accident.
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